Spring is in the air! If your commercial HVAC system has been working overtime to keep up with the cold, it’s time to schedule a spring checkup so it can be ready to switch gears and keep your building cool in the coming warm weather.
Here’s what to expect from a spring HVAC checkup with your national HVAC provider.
First, Why Regular HVAC Maintenance Is Important
Preventative HVAC maintenance can go a long way in saving your company time and money by finding and fixing minor issues before they become costly repairs. Additionally, regularly inspecting, cleaning, and lubricating parts of the system helps it operate more efficiently, extending its lifespan and saving you on utility costs and long-term replacement costs.
FacilitiesNet.com has found that buildings where regular HVAC maintenance is completed use 15-20% less energy than those that practice reactive maintenance and allow their system to deteriorate.
Spring HVAC Checklist
A spring checkup is especially important because your system is likely sluggish from the winter months. It’s the perfect time of year for a serious spring cleaning.
Here’s what to expect from a spring checkup with your national HVAC provider:
- Clean outdoor condensers – leaves, grass, and mold can all build up around your system’s outdoor condenser units, reducing air flow and forcing your HVAC to work harder. Your technician will thoroughly clean the coils and vents, straighten and secure any loose or bent coils, and clean the entire condenser cabinet.
- Change air filters – your national HVAC provider will change your air filters during your regular maintenance, but depending on the type of business you operate, you may need to change them more frequently. Having a regular maintenance plan can help monitor your filters and identify the optimal frequency.
- Clean indoor parts – the system’s control panel, blower fans, evaporator coils, and inside vents all accumulate dirt and pollutants and need to be regularly cleaned. Moving parts like fans and motor components should also be lubricated to prevent rust and ensure they operate smoothly and efficiently.
- Calibrate thermostat – the system’s control panels and thermostats should all be inspected and calibrated to ensure they’re accurately detecting the temperature and properly turning the system on and off.
- Check refrigerant levels – your technician will check the system for any refrigerant leaks and repair them before charging the system with the proper levels of refrigerant per the manufacturer. Remember, too high of refrigerant levels can be just as problematic as too low, so it’s important to have this task regularly completed by an experienced commercial HVAC technician.
- Clear drain lines – accumulation of algae is the most common problem with condensation drain lines. Your technician will check lines for proper drainage and may apply an algaecide.
- Check belts and pulleys – rubber belts deteriorate faster than metal components on your system. Your technician will check these moving parts for cracks, wear, and proper tension. Belts that are showing wear should be proactively replaced before they break and cripple your system.
- Check electrical connections – loose electrical connections can be difficult to detect until they detach and cause your system to quit working. A technician will inspect, clean and tighten all electrical connections during your spring checkup.
How To Find A Reliable National HVAC Provider
Businesses have a lot of options when it comes to commercial HVAC vendors. It’s time-consuming to vet multiple providers, negotiate rates, and stay on top of scheduling preventative maintenance.
That’s why it pays to partner with National Fiduciary Services. We do all the heavy lifting for you! Our network of national HVAC providers is standing by ready to serve our facility maintenance customers. One call to us is all you need to find a reliable commercial HVAC provider that you can count on to keep your system operating at peak performance, year-round!
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